A Minor Screen Star

The time has come to sell our 1971 Morris Minor van. It joined the fleet in May as a humble thing in off-white cream, it leaves us a TV star and shiny blue. In those few short months it’s been, literally, everywhere.  

Well, quite a lot of Britain anyway, all for the creation of a new TV cooking series by The Fabulous Baker Brothers.  But with filming over unfortunately we just don’t have the space to keep it.  

The van was used for the second series of the Baker Brothers show, which sees them travelling around Britain seeking out good quality ingredients and concocting fresh meals, cooked outdoors, from what they discover.  The series was filmed across Britain including Cumbria, Sussex, Wales, Derbyshire and the South West.  The van is a key part of the series as the boys are filmed travelling around in it as well as cooking out the back of it. 

So here’s the lowdown on our diminutive load lugger along with a gallery of photos charting its transformation from cream to blue. 

The Morris is a 1971 7 cwt Morris Minor Van that I bought specifically for the TV filming project, which has now finished so it is for sale.

As the van was bought for TV use it benefits from over £4,500 of mechanical and body refurbishment since June 2014 to bring this van up to its As you can see in the photos, the van has been used by The Fabulous Baker Brothers whose TV show will be broadcast on Discovery in the next few months. The van still has the TV graphics but these will be removed before sale. A recipe book featuring the van is also due to be published.

The filming took place over 3 months and involved locations from Cumbria to Sussex. The van was transported between locations using our own vehicles and staff.

The van was originally cream/beige (the V5 still states this but can be changed before sale) and was resprayed Pageant Blue for the show. As the photos show, this was a professional respray that also addressed various dents in the bodywork. The respray did not include the door shuts, backs or returns but this would be a straightforward job if the new owner felt it was essential. The paintwork is still in very good condition, with only minor stone chips and some minor damage to 2 wheelarches to detract. The load area was resprayed in grey primer before I bought it. The cost of the respray was £2,000.

To make the van dependable for filming we have replaced the gearbox and engine with very good second hand items. The can has run many miles with these units, both of which appear faultless. We have also replaced the points with electronic ignition and fitted new alternator and fuel pump. All work was done in our own workshop at an equivalent cost of £2500. 

We also fitted a tow bar with electrics and the van has a recent exhaust.

The interior of the van is in good, presentable condition rather than excellent. The seats are blue vinyl in good, unripped and well padded condition. The carpets are black and also in good, unripped condition. The dashboard is black and entirely original with no extra holes, gauges etc. the door cards and glovebox card inserts are in acceptable condition but would benefit from being replaced. The headlining in the cab is beige carpet and ideally would be replaced, although condition is virtually as new. The load area is good (repainted as mentioned) and there is a ‘cut to size’ carpet. There are no obvious dents in the side panels. 

The bodywork is in very good/solid condition. The dents were professionally smoothed and filled before respray. There was no significant rot as the photos show.

The underside is very solid with no MOT advisories. I am happy to re-MOT the van subject to negotiation.

The van comes with a decent history file, including a notebook listing every single maintenance item from ?? To ??. A photo log of the film work can be provided.

This is a very solid, honest Morris van with interesting provenance that has received significant mechanical and bodywork investment. It can be used as is or gradually improved without major expense.

The van is based in Redditch for viewing. Call 01527 893733 and ask for Julian or Graham or email info@greatescapecars.co.uk

These photos show the condition and transformation of the car, including the light damage to the bodywork as described above.

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